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ODOT Spending Nearly $2 Billion on Highway Projects in 2021

Walker Evans Walker Evans ODOT Spending Nearly $2 Billion on Highway Projects in 2021

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will spend a total of $1.92 billion during the 2021 construction season, spread across 956 individual projects in Ohio. The funding will primarily go toward maintenance, safety and repairs for existing bridges and roads. “Ohio’s ability to safely and easily move people and goods is vital as we continue […]

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Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

Walker Evans Walker Evans Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

It’s been nearly five full years since Columbus was declared the winner of the Smart City challenge and awarded $50 million from the US Department of Transportation and Vulcan, Inc. While some of the projects completed over the past half-decade have been fairly prominent, many others have occurred behind the scenes. “There’s a number of […]

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City to Lower Speed Limits Downtown as Part of Vision Zero Effort

Brent Warren Brent Warren City to Lower Speed Limits Downtown as Part of Vision Zero Effort

The City of Columbus has made its first commitments toward improving road safety since signing on to the Vision Zero initiative last year. Headlining the list is a plan to impose a speed limit of 25 mph on all Downtown streets, but also included are commitments to improve 60 crosswalks throughout the city, make safety-related […]

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Options Presented for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Brent Warren Brent Warren Options Presented for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Plans to close the last significant gap in the Olentangy Trail are moving forward. Currently, trail users have to navigate city streets to get from Clinton-Como Park to Northmoor Park (or vice-versa), crossing North Broadway at the Milton Avenue traffic light. Five different alternatives for closing the gap were presented during a virtual meeting last […]

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LinkUs Team Presents Vision for Northwest Transit Corridor

Brent Warren Brent Warren LinkUs Team Presents Vision for Northwest Transit Corridor

The City of Columbus and its partners have made some key decisions regarding a planned transit corridor along Olentangy River Road. During an informational meeting about the project held virtually last week, Kristina Whitfield, Project Planner with consultant Kimley-Horn, said that the best chance for the corridor to receive federal funding moving forward is if […]

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Amtrak Proposes 5 New Passenger Train Routes for Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Amtrak Proposes 5 New Passenger Train Routes for Ohio

Columbus has been without passenger rail service since 1977 when the final train departed from the now-demolished Union Station. But that could change in the near future if a new plan from Amtrak moves forward to bring new rail service to Ohio. According to an update from advocacy group All Aboard Ohio, representatives from Amtrak […]

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New Linear Park and Trail Planned for East Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Linear Park and Trail Planned for East Side

Columbus Recreation and Parks is moving ahead with plans to convert a long-abandoned rail corridor into a linear park and trail. To be called the Eastmoor Green Line, the trail will run along Whitehall’s western edge, starting at East Broad Street and extending three miles to the south, where it will dead-end at I-70. Brad […]

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